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Personhood Amendments

Go for It, GOP -- Sperm Rights!

Martha Burk | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Protecting sperm rights would benefit society, and wouldn't really harm men. Understand -- a man's right to control his own body and life choices would not be infringed. Men could still have sex. They would merely be asked to accept a few tiny, ever-so-reasonable restrictions.

Mitt Romney and the Temple of Womb

Karl Frisch | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Karl Frisch

"America's Comeback Team" of Romney/Ryan will come back for women's choice, women's health and women's pay, and they will not stop until all of the progress made in the fight for women's equality over the past 50 years has been erased.

Your Wallet or Your Womb

Lisa Wexler | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Lisa Wexler

We can no longer pretend that Mitt Romney will focus on money and nothing else. As an occasional Republican myself, I wish that were true. It's not. Romney's appointment of Ryan as his running mate confirms the anti-choice agenda in big, bold, bright red colors.

Paul Ryan: the 'Personhood' Crocodile?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Enacted into law, a Romney/Ryan personhood plan could remove women's reproductive rights completely.

"Dear Dan, Please Make Sure Your Listeners Know I'm Against Abortion, Even After Rape"

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters should get clarification from Coffman about his personhood views, and you'd expect him to be just as eager to clarify today as he was three years ago.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

John Celock

NOW President Calls Wisconsin Single Parent Bill 'Astonishing New Front'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

The president of the National Organization for Women described a Wisconsin bill, based on the idea that single parenting could lead to child abuse, as...

Friday Talking Points -- "Hands Off My Uterus!"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

They don't wear funny hats any more, but there still sure are a lot of Puritans in this country these days. It wouldn't surprise me if you told me some red state is going to force every woman who gets birth control to wear a scarlet letter.

Birth Control, Abortion Battles Inspire Protest Legislation (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Debates over birth control and abortion have taken center stage in the states and in Congress, with Republicans in many state legislatures weighing bi...

Unborn in the USA

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Given that the number of unborn is currently unknown, it could reach the trillions -- or gazillions -- and should all those unborn give their grateful loyalty upon birth (should it occur) to the religious far right, the Republican Party could overwhelm elections through eternity.

Would Coors Put His Vote Where His Money Is and Co-Sponsor Personhood Bills?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Congressional candidate Joe Coors gave $1,000 to Personhood Colorado in support of its efforts to pass a personhood amendment in 2010. So would Coors put his vote where his money is:

John Celock

Lawmakers Kill Controversial Personhood Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

In an unexpected move, the Virginia Senate killed the state's personhood bill, a key victory for women's groups seeking to battle the current proposal...

Speeding Tickets For Embryos? As Personhood Bills Proliferate, Could Be

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Remember the "Defense of Marriage" ballot measures? Ah, those were simpler, more innocent days. The dark forces of Old-Time Religion have moved on to a more sophisticated campaign.

The Republican War on Women: Invading the Vagina in Virginia

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

Every person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should every person who believes that women are human beings.

Yesterday I Was Just a Sperm Cell. Now I'm a Person!

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.11.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Since the pro-lifers came up with this awesome personhood idea, I've been dating an ovum named Emily. She's a babe. Obviously, we can't have sex because that would form an embryo, which is a no-no, but we can do... um... everything else.

Since When Are Persons Supposed to Be Above the Law and Paying Taxes?

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 03.13.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

If you believe citizens should pay taxes, so should businesses. If citizens should obey the laws, so should corporations. If no person is above the law, then no business should be above the law either.

Don't Let Anyone Tell You Abortion Issues Don't Matter in Washington

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.06.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Hank Brown, with due respect, journalists were right in 2010 not to accept the GOP post-primary cries that abortion issues mattered so little compared to jobs that they need not be discussed.

Laura Bassett

Newt Gingrich: Life Begins At 'Successful Implantation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich clarified his position on personhood Friday when he told ABC News' Jake Tapper that he b...

Laura Bassett

'Personhood' Anti-Abortion Initiative Gets A Makeover In Georgia

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

The national movement to define a zygote as a legal person failed a few weeks ago in Mississippi, but anti-abortion advocates behind two new "personho...

Media Omission: Romney Supported Personhood Four Years Ago

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The most fair and accurate way for journalists to describe Romney's position on personhood is to write that he's flip-flopped on the issue over the years.

When Legislating Morality Falls Short

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The fear at the heart of the public's down-vote is that the rights of the unborn are being placed above those of those they already know. And that's simply not a sacrifice many are willing to make.

Diagnosing The 'Personhood' Problem: It's In Your Brain

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.20.2012 | Home
Jonathan D. Moreno

Why do we have trouble defining what a "person" is? The answer may lie in human evolutionary antiquity. It seems that the neuroscientific and evolutionary evidence for a hard-wired but increasingly dysfunctional idea of personhood is compelling.

Sorry, GOP: It Looks Like America's Bullsh*t Detector Just Went Off

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's great when we can disagree in a civilized way, but it's getting pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that the phrase "right-wing logic," as delivered by the GOP and mimicked by Mitt Romney, has become the mother of all oxymorons.

Can a State Outlaw Abortion?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Mississippi's "Initiative 26," the "Personhood Amendment" that goes before the voters of the Magnolia State today, appears doomed under the Constitution -- unless the membership of the Supreme Court changes significantly by the time such a measure reached the Justices.

Christian Views On Social Issues: Abortion

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Today, Mississippi voters will vote on "the Personhood Amendment," which would grant the status of legal person to a fertilized egg. The measure would effectively outlaw abortion in all circumstances.